Comic 1667 - There For Most Of It

2nd Sep 2020, 12:00 AM
There For Most Of It
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Ryu Santos 2nd Sep 2020, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Does personality helper enhance one's personality, like hamburger helper enhances hamburger?
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
What if you're an asshole ? ;)
Being an enhanced asshole means you have to run for Nova Roma's Senate...
Ryu Santos 2nd Sep 2020, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

Or it could just mean your brain has the consistency of Tuna Helper Au Gratin.
Come to think of it. That seems to be the prerequisite for Nova Roma Senators who followed the late Prince.
Sheela 4th Sep 2020, 5:19 AM edit delete reply

I think it's more like having a "CLIPPY, your personalized helper" attend your every move, and popping up constantly, and sometimes even taking over when you are doing something that is deemed "out of character".
TeeDee has a Combat Clippy, that requires her to punch people in the face to use it - She's very annoyed at it, but also very enthusiatic about USING it !

You could say she is in two minds about it - And that is a thing that annoys Maxus greatly.
People should just choose to be in one mind at a time, and not having to jump around.
Same with bodies, one mind, one body ... damn those androids for changing bodies all the time!

I may have gotten a little off track here.
megados 4th Sep 2020, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

Having an embedded CLIPPY as your personalized helper would likely generate a big spike in suicides within the android population. XD
sigpig 4th Sep 2020, 12:52 PM edit delete reply

To say nothing about the iOS population...

(I'll show myself out now)
Sheela 4th Sep 2020, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Entire galaxies were wiped out by the CLIPPY infestation!
Ryu Santos 8th Sep 2020, 10:35 PM edit delete reply interesting theory.
But I'm rather fond of arguing with myself and I'd miss shape shifting too much.
Lurker314 2nd Sep 2020, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
I liked Ophelia in the field. And her...less than standard behavior looked pretty reasonable considering the "bad dayness" of the situation before. But her thoughts & behavior here shows a real attitude problem towards authority. Max is likely to show some leeway, but she's chewing through good will with nothing gained.
Grault 2nd Sep 2020, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Given her last boss, I can kind of understand her problems with authority. That said, now I wonder how she survived him.
Ebonbolt 5th Sep 2020, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

Distance. Distance, insulation, and (likely) the concerted effort of every other Cassian.
Oldarmourer 6th Sep 2020, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
And long walks in the desert...
Romfire 2nd Sep 2020, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
The girl in back is one of the ones the Major saved when he entered New Rome.
Glad to see she is OK.
That must be her favorite sweater.

megados 2nd Sep 2020, 4:52 AM edit delete reply

Re: Alt text, Yes Ophelia has a point, but also, by all accounts, she didn't do anything else that would have "made use of" the personality module. I can understand Maxus' concern, but I don't see any evidence that would contradict Ophelia's account of events.

I don't think the scouts are going to find anything left there, and scant evidence of just what happened, unfortunately.
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Feelie had her chance to try out the 'Lusty Bunny' mode and passed...maybe she's having second thoughts ? ;)
Kiddeagle 2nd Sep 2020, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
She DID use the Nap and Dream modes. even though it was by accident.
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I was going to mention the 'stingray' callsign on the aircraft when I saw it on Patreon...
But decided to wait and see if it changed before the 'real' strip came out ;)
Let me guess, the pilot's name is 'Troy' ?
robnot 2nd Sep 2020, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
an his wingman is Phones...
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
that round speaker-like thing in front of the intakes and the other one play the drumbeats before they attack...
Then they switch to "Ride of the Valkyries" :)
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
New Patreon page is looking good too, nice lighting.
Once it's done, maybe revamp 'Staff and Sword' along the same content lines and put it up there too ;)
Centcomm 8th Sep 2020, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

yee gods., thats a lot of rendering.. im not doing that unless i get a serious vid card update.
Oldarmourer 8th Sep 2020, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
I didn't mean today ;)
The Patreon strip is enough, you still need to watch that hand.
Maybe a few vote incentives for the TopWeb 'Active' list though or even some recycled ones...
Morituri 2nd Sep 2020, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Ophelia is skating right on the edge of insubordinate behavior here. I'd have thought it was out of character for her because she seemed like a professional who gave a shit about Nova Roma. But now I remember that we haven't seen her before interacting with her superior officers. She must have some deep and severe psych problems here because the contradiction is really jarring.

Because Nova Roma has no effective political structure beyond the Imperator, Max as regent is literally the only thing standing between her people and a descent into chaos. Treating him with this kind of barely-concealed contempt - and especially wasting his time - is actively harmful to the things I previously thought she considered important.
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
From what we've seen and heard of her actions prior "borderline insubordinate" seems to be her default setting
This is not always a bad thing, it's when it transfers to the troops under her command it gets dicey...
There are certain limits, 'Familiarity breeds contempt' and all that...
It also can imply a high level of comfort around the person being addressed and signify complete honesty
That or her filter's clogged again ;)
Naldru 2nd Sep 2020, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
My personal feeling is that Lord Maximus is viewing Ophelia as an individual who has experienced severe trauma, which in humans can result in hallucinations that, when remembered, appear to be real. So, the set of routines used from "Miss Funbags" memory is not relevant, and there is still a possibility of hallucinations caused by hardware damage (low voltage, high voltage, corrupted memory, etc.). He must therefore consider the possibility of electronic hallucinations, at least until he has further data from his experts or confirmation of memories from other sources.

Hallucinations can seem very real, and the possibility of having your thoughts actually being hallucinations is disturbing in multiple ways. Lord Maximus is viewing Ophelia as someone who should still be under medical observation, is probably telling the truth to the best of her recollection, but may still be dealing with false memories due to the trauma.

For a second opinion, consider the theme song from MST3K: "It's only a show."
Morituri 2nd Sep 2020, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
See, here's the problem: When I talk to hallucinations, people think I'm crazy.

But when I don't, the hallucinations think I'm being awfully damned rude.
DLKmusic 2nd Sep 2020, 7:48 PM edit delete reply

You're lucky, Morituri, my hallucinations tend to cut me out of their conversations.
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
I know what you mean, the voices in my head aren't talking to me anymore...
Sheela 4th Sep 2020, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

This seems fitting :

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megados 5th Sep 2020, 9:56 AM edit delete reply

It's even worse when the voices in my head start whispering behind my back.
Old Texas 5th Sep 2020, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Tequila will fix that. It has always had my voices ramp right on up. Then they get funny -. just can't hold their happy juice.
DLKmusic 2nd Sep 2020, 2:07 PM edit delete reply

Dial it back, Ophelia, the General is on YOUR side!

I am a little surprised that the Cassians aren't equipped with Body Cams though, at least for "Official" missions.
Ryu Santos 2nd Sep 2020, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

They might have had body cams before the Princeling and his father were in charge. Despots rarely want their actions being recorded. "Official" or otherwise.
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Hers was probably either slagged with the majority of her body, incinerated with her uniform or salvaged as 'tech'...
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Even her 'black box' might have been wiped clean but we only saw what was left of her from the waist up ;)
megados 3rd Sep 2020, 8:42 PM edit delete reply

Theoretically, she is her own black box. Her synth brain should contain the needed information. She seems to be in reasonably good shape, and not exhibiting any aberrant behavior, so answering a few directed questions should be enough to assuage doubt.
Oldarmourer 5th Sep 2020, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
it's a hard segue from that to tv but the nice thing about segues is that people forget them after a few seconds ;)

Nova Roma uses this for their entertainment, aside from live gladiator matches and public executions...

have fun twiddling the knobs ;)
Oldarmourer 5th Sep 2020, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
In case you can't remember that far back...
there's and too ;)
Cor 2nd Sep 2020, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
This is completely beside the point but isn't that Prince Edward Island, one of Canada's provinces, there in the background of panel 2?
Oldarmourer 2nd Sep 2020, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
It is, I lived in Aeneas' DMZ for awhile, I like what he's done with the place :)
Gilrandir 2nd Sep 2020, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Why is it never Maxus that has the point? ^_^
Grault 2nd Sep 2020, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
His head is very round and smooth.
Rashala 2nd Sep 2020, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

I believe I hear someone winding up the pitch, as the proverbial shite is about to hit the fan here.
robnot 3rd Sep 2020, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
ok.. Stingray ace status,,. 24 confirmed kills..
does the ace of spades, signify , ace in a day.? (five kills in one sortie or one day..)
Oldarmourer 3rd Sep 2020, 8:59 AM edit delete reply

Maybe he wants to be a 'Wild Card' ?

Good show, hated the ending

Or maybe they don't play 'ride of the valkyries' after all ?

The only card you need
Guest 4th Sep 2020, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
heh wild card = joker..
an yeah , good show,,. but it suffered the "you make mine (Babylon 5) an i'll throw some money for yours.." an that was all the backing it had...
Johninaustin 4th Sep 2020, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
I think we are about to lose some scouts. Call it a feeling.
mjkj 4th Sep 2020, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

Well, nothing to see yet - hope they make it unscathed...
robnot 5th Sep 2020, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
nothing to see here,, move along..
Ivy an Jordan already searched the Gutter base,, an found Feelie , nothing else.. Now if they happen to check the "water farm" ,, or happen on to Logran's signal...
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